Native Plant Garden waterfall

2017 Event Details

Special Guests of Honor:
Royal Bank of Canada
Diane Katzin, Sustainability Advocate

The evening began with informative and engaging sessions led by a variety of professionals on subjects in three critical sustainability areas—water, forestry, and energy. Independent moderators from media and academia hosted, with guests sharing challenges and practical solutions to important issues. These information-packed talks were hosted at conservation sites throughout the Garden where attendees saw first-hand how corporations work with NYBG to effect change and preserve resources.

Following the Summit, guests gathered at the landmark Enid A. Haupt Conservatory for cocktails, networking, and an opportunity to continue conversations on session topics while enjoying CHIHULY, a breathtaking exhibition featuring artworks of world-renowned artist Dale Chihuly. The dinner was hosted by Master of Ceremonies Andrew Revkin, Senior Reporter at Pulitzer Prize-winning ProPublica. Keynote Speaker Valerie Chort, Vice President of Corporate Citizenship at Royal Bank of Canada, inspired guests to think and act sustainably, before the green is gone.


  • 5:30 p.m. Summit Sessions Welcome and Hospitality
  • 5:45 p.m. Summit Sessions Begin
  • 6:30 p.m. Summit Sessions Conclude, Trams depart for Reception
  • 6:45 p.m. Cocktails and Networking
  • 7:30 p.m. Dinner and Keynote Speech
  • 9:30 p.m. Event concludes. Optional CHIHULY tour